... That your friends will screw you over faster and more severely than your enemies ever could, and will laugh at you while they do it. This axiom is borne out whenever a guy passes out drunk and his buddies wrap him in pallet wrap and put him in a sheep pen.
Not, of course, that there's anything wrong with that.
However, on to other things.
The Bushite Junta's constant screeching about Iran's Nuku-Lar Ambitions has reached such a pitch that it almost drowned out the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that concluded that Iran apparently isn't working on a bomb. Of course, Bush and his enablers have only listened to the UN and its various agencies when it suited them, so expect this to be pooh-poohed (if it hasn't already).
From the BBC we read that the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, all friends of ours by the way - have made Iran an offer.
And not just any offer! There's no Ginsu knives involved.
The GCC is willing to give Iran enriched uranium for its power plants, as much as it needs, provided it's just used to generate power. The explanation is that they want to avoid a nuclear arms race in the region, certainly a laudable goal.
Prince Saud of Saudi Arabia, one of the GCC reps, said that he felt the US wouldn't be hostile to the idea. Such innocence is very touching in the hardheaded, pragmatic House of Saud.
This is similar to another offer made by Russia that went nowhere after a few preliminary talks, and this offer may meet the same fate. But it's a great way to undercut Bush and Cheney's verbal diarrhea.